Inspired from a young age to one day see her name on a book, former Isipingo resident, Elaine Pillay fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming an author and having her first book entitled, ‘Zwai and the Little Creature’ published. Earlier, she always dreamt of becoming an author but her father always insisted to take up a job so that she can take care of herself. She also studied to become a teacher but her passion for writing never faded away.
She obtained the job as an English teacher but her passion for writing never left her. She got inspired when she was teaching underprivileged children and noticed there were so few African fantasy stories and she began to write her first book.
Her book is about a boy who lives in a rural area with his grandparents. He meets a magical creature that nobody else can see. Out of fear, the villagers banish him from the village and he is sent back to his mother. On the journey to his mother he goes on an African Adventure where he meets magical African creatures.
According to Elaine Pillay, “When I write I escape to another world which is filled with excitement and happiness and I want the readers to feel that they too are on a magical journey.”
Pillay added that in order to be an author you need to be patient as getting published could take years, disciplined as writing requires a lot of personal sacrifices. Have faith in yourself.